Original Author - Jer
Judas Priest hail from Birmingham England. Formed in 1968, they remain one of the most influential bands in heavy metal.
Many say it was "Priest" that defined the "twin guitar attack" in heavy metal. Emplying not one but two proficient lead players. Similar to their early influences like the band Wishbone Ash.
Judas Priest were one of the first bands to be labeled as Heavy Metal. It was Priest that brought about the later imitated leather and chains look.
Many current and past metal bands credit Judas Priest as a major influence.
They have 18 albums to their credit.
Sad Wings Of Destiny
Sin After Sin
Killing Machine / Hell Bent For Leather
Unleashed In The East
Point Of Entry
Screaming For Vengeance
Defenders Of The Faith
Ram It Down
Living After Midnight: The Best Of Judas Priest
Metalogy (Box Set)
'98 Live Meltdown
Live In London
Angel Of Retribution
Their debut album Rocka Rolla being released in 1974 and their latest, Nostradamus released in 2008.
Their most commercially sucessful era was from 1980 thru 1991. Though the band has never stopped. Even after heavy metal legend Rob Halford quit the band in May of 1992, the band forged onwards. Discovering the incomperable vocal abilities of one Tim Owens in 1996. This event inspired the box office film "Rockstar" starring Mark Wahlberg. Halford would eventually return to the fold in 2003.
Their most controversial moment was court case involving 2 teenagers and a suicide pact. The case was dismissed in 1990. The band was found not guilty of using subliminal messages in their cover of Spooky Tooth song "Better By You, Better Than Me"
Judas Priest has completed many tours of the globe. Playing the largest festivals, full arena, and smaller clubs.
In February 2009, Judas Priest continue their tour when they bring their 'Priest Feast' for arena dates with support from guests Megadeth and Testament.
The band is still going strong after nearly 40 years. Defending the heavy metal faith again and again.
Rob Halford (Vocals)
Glenn Tipton (Guitars)
K.K. Downing (Guitars)
Ian Hill (Bass)
Scott Travis (Drums)
Visit the bands official website here: www.judaspriest.com
Update: Judas Priest has received 2 Grammy nominations in the USA for its 2008 "Nostradamus" album.